DAP chairman Lim Guan Eng has questioned if Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob was aware of the meeting between the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) and representatives of fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low.
The Bagan MP said Ismail must come clean on the issue, and also declare if he gave the green light to Attorney-General Idrus Harun to proceed with the meeting.
“The prime minister must explain if he was informed and approved the AG’s decision to have the meeting, otherwise it raises the question of whether such a move was done unilaterally and arbitrarily,” he said in a statement today.
The former finance minister urged Ismail to provide a response to prevent speculation that would only jeopardise ongoing action not only against those responsible in the 1MDB scandal but also recovery of its financial assets.
“If Ismail is ignorant of the matter, can Idrus act independently of the government on such an important policy matter?
“If he was aware and sanctioned Idrus to allow the meeting with Low’s representatives, then does he possess the authority to do so without Cabinet approval, since key ministries were left in the dark?” he said.
Lim added that Idrus is clearly unqualified to be AG if he does not reveal the ins and outs of the meeting, and instead chose to cut a deal with the fugitive.
“Instead of trying to nab Jho Low as he is statutorily bound and legally required to do so, Idrus has chosen to allow the Attorney General’s Chambers to meet Jho Low’s representatives.
“By appearing prepared to cut a deal with Jho Low would be no different from forgiving and absolving Jho Low of his crimes and pernicious role as one of the key masterminds of the RM52 billion 1MDB financial scandal, the largest in global history.
“Not only will Malaysia be an object of opprobrium and shame, but criminals involved in corruptly stealing money can escape punishment merely by surrendering a part of their ill-gotten gains,” Lim said.